Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Robert Scheller

Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

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Jordan Hall 5120
Raleigh, NC

Robert Scheller joined NC State in August 2017 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security. He is a professor of landscape ecology in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and the director of the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab. Scheller’s research focuses on landscape change: how forests have changed, how they will change and why it matters. Specifically, he examines how management and natural disturbances generate or reduce resilience, specifically in regards to climate change. Resilience can be expressed in many ways; Scheller focuses on managed resilience (our social capacity to mitigate undesirable change), biological resilience (plant and animal abundance on the landscape), functional resilience (carbon dynamics, ecosystem processes and broad-scale disturbance regimes) and spatial resilience (the spatial distribution of managed, biological, and functional components). His research is data-driven and deploys advanced technology to forecast landscape change.

Scheller grew up in Minnesota and received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Minnesota and master’s and doctoral degrees in forest ecology from the University of Wisconsin. He has published more than 50 manuscripts and book chapters and has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S.Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others.